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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 65,077 | UK Deaths: 7,978 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 143,626 | Italy Deaths: 18,279 | Italy Recovered: 28,470 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 153,222 | Spain Deaths: 15,447 | Spain Recovered: 52,165 SEE MAP See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 65,077 | UK Deaths: 7,978 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 143,626 | Italy Deaths: 18,279 | Italy Recovered: 28,470 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 153,222 | Spain Deaths: 15,447 | Spain Recovered: 52,165 SEE MAP

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Breaking News

Fine & Country - a video to help all agents and a very neat office (and dog)

Working from home is all about juggling domestic life with professional activities, and here’s a terrific video to show what it’s all about - and how...

Homesearch’s lofty home office and EweMove if you want to…

“Communication is pretty much everything…” - that’s the key message from Tega Alexander, digital marketing manager at the up-and-coming Homesearch. Thanks so much for the video, which...

A Puss-istent problem for Aston Mead’s property experts….

Here are two sets of advice from the good folk at Aston Mead Land & Planning - some more appropriate than others, depending on your working...

Chestertons Rocks - views from the Gibraltar office (and a poem)

The lockdown is now a fact of life across almost all of the western world so the team at Chestertons, which has an office in Gibraltar,...

Views, booze and news - more industry home office shots

Home offices aren’t all about laptops and wifi routers….they’re about gorgeous views too. So thanks to Marc Morrish, a director and auctioneer at Auction House South Wales...

Share of homes bought for buy to let plummets to record low

The proportion of homes bought last month by buy to let investors plummeted to a record low of just eight per cent. The figure - produced by...

Model tenancy agreement and agents’ PI Insurance - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to share in the future -...

800 short let properties given over to NHS staff with more to come

A project called NHS Homes, run by a number of suppliers within the short lets sector, has now made available some 800 homes to NHS staff...

Renters worse off than owners in virus crisis, claims think tank

Families living in private rented accommodation are more exposed to the economic shock of the Coronavirus than homeowners, which could mean big rent arrears for the...

Happy Easter - this is what we’re doing tomorrow and Monday…

For many this coming Easter weekend will be the strangest ever - for agents and industry suppliers it will not be the start of the spring...

Short lets should be regulated in line with rest of rental sector - call

A leading supplier says the current market standstill is an opportunity for the industry to rethink how short lets can be regulated in line with the...

More offers for agents as suppliers help the industry Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging of times. If you have appropriate...

London renters in co-living shared homes now typically older

New tenant data has revealed that the average age of renters living in shared properties in London has risen five years since 2017.  The average age of...

Tenants seek gardens and outdoor space in response to virus and weather

Demand for rental properties with gardens or other outdoor space has soared in terms of portal listings - perhaps no surprise in light of the improving...

Dramatic ‘pay us when you get paid yourselves’ offer to letting agents

A PropTech firm has issued a dramatic offer to letting agents to pay the company only when they themselves get paid by clients. Goodlord, which provides software...

Message to government - help us combat the ‘no rent campaigners’

One of the lettings sector’s biggest trade bodies is calling on government to make a clear statement to help landlords who are facing campaigns for an...

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the industry. If you have appropriate advice...

Short lets exposed by BBC News as flouting lockdown regulations

A BBC News investigation has exposed some Airbnb and other short let platform users as flouting lockdown regulations. The probe has found some Airbnb hosts advertising their...

Countrywide urges switch of student accommodation to mainstream rentals

The commercial arm of Countrywide is urging landlords currently facing huge void periods because students have been ordered home, to reconfigure their accommodation for more mainstream...

Let us live rent-free until virus ends, activists tell landlords

A campaign group is urging its members to write to landlords asking them to “suspend” rent demands until the Coronavirus crisis ends. The London Renters Union has...

Today’s The Day: multiple tax changes will hit the rental sector

It’s not just navigating a path through the Coronavirus crisis that is proving the value of letting agents - it’s their work helping landlords through this...

Agency Training at home, new PropTech tools - we’re Conquering Corona

Week three of the lockdown begins - we hope you’re faring well with these temporary restrictions. We’re here to help where we can. If you have any...

25% drop in new tenancies in prime London and SE - forecast

Knight Frank is predicting that the number of tenancies agreed in the prime markets across London and the Home Counties in 2020 will be around 25...

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

Liverpool’s Labour council, which was prevented by the government from extending its city-wide licensing scheme for another five years, is seeking a Judicial Review of the...

PropTech platform makes pitch for agents let go by High Street firms

Lettings management platform Howsy claims it has seen an increase in business since the lockdown 10 days ago.  It says it’s enjoyed an easier transition into the...

Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

A local authority has postponed the extension of its private rental sector licensing regime - but it’s warning agents not to take advantage of the situation. Newcastle...

Filing business accounts on time is key even through crisis, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is advising member companies to file their accounts on time in order to remain transparent over the funds held in...

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you would like to let the...

Rental demand falls off a cliff as lockdown takes effect

Demand for rental properties has predictably plummeted thanks to the lockdown. Data from PropTech company Goodlord shows that while a surge for newly available properties took place...

Labour’s rent holiday plan slammed as “unhelpful and very divisive”

Labour’s latest suggestion for the private rental sector - a rent holiday for tenants during the Coronavirus crisis - has been slammed as “extremely unhelpful and...

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this daily service helps provide some...

Short lets sector collapses with 70 per cent of rentals cancelled

Airbnb and similar platforms have seen a collapse of business since the start of the Coronavirus crisis with some 70 per cent of bookings cancelled according...

New ESTAS tool allows agents to integrate reviews into websites

The ESTAS has launched a new tool which it says will help agents get in pole position for when the market returns after the Coronavirus crisis...

Merger of rival landlord groups happens at last

The much delayed merger of the UK’s two landlord bodies has officially happened today. The National Residential Landlords Association has been formed by the merger of the...

Selfless agency staff become heroic local helpers

Like many agencies, the Milton Keynes company Cauldwell Property Services has most of its staff working from home and handling sellers’ and buyers’ queries - but...

How To Furlough - key way to keep staff as industry is Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with the continuing Coronavirus crisis. Any appropriate advice...

London agencies digging deep and leafletting to help the community

When it comes to good works, one frequently-featured agency is Chestertons in London - and again it’s come up trumps during the Coronavirus lockdown. Firstly the Chestertons...

Nurses get to the frontline using a letting agency's spare car

A Blackpool lettings agent has come to the rescue of two NHS nurses whose car had broken down - and now the pair are using one...

Clever branding by agent promotes Stay At Home, Protect The NHS

An estate agency has enterprisingly labelled all of its property listings with the mantra we must all respect - Stay At Home, Protect The NHS, Save...

Right To Rent rules for agents relaxed during virus crisis

The government has relaxed some provisions of the controversial Right To Rent regulations for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. The temporary changes will mean the Home...

‘Corona Clauses’ allowing tenants to delay lettings contracts

Knight Frank is reporting that tenants in high-value London markets are agreeing deals that allow them to delay the start of lettings contracts because of the...

“Give landlords 80% guaranteed rent” demands controversial agency

Part of the controversial Spicerhaart empire want the government to guarantee that some landlords receive 80 per cent of their usual rent income throughout the Coronavirus...

Conquering Corona - portal offer, rental study, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If you have appropriate advice to...

Belvoir franchisees being helped to “reshape their businesses”

Franchise giant Belvoir says it’s helping its franchisees “reshaping their businesses” to cope with the Coronavirus crisis. In a trading statement showing strong figures for the calendar...

New guidance issued on rent, evictions and maintenance

The government issued further guidance on the private rental sector over the weekend. The new 21 page document - a link to which is at the bottom...

Lettings agency apologises after rent letter misinterpreted

A lettings agency has given a full apology after a letter - not approved by the company - was sent out in its name after the...

Ex-Purplebricks boss waives fee for agents joining franchise scheme

The former operations director at Purplebricks says he is waiving fees for letting agents who want to join his new online franchise operation, called Accommodation.co.uk. The usual...

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week please remember - we’re here...

Lettings sector guru Shamplina backs longer possession notice

Paul Shamplina, the founder of Landlord Action and star of a Channel 5 programme on evictions, says he fully backs the extended notice period required for...

Huge concern over buy to let mortgage market contracting

There’s growing concern across the lettings sector about the buy to let mortgage market seeing lenders pull product ranges, tighten lending criteria and widen margins. For example,...

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